The GLR Campaign recognizes Dyersville, Iowa, as a 2016 Pacesetter for reporting population-level, measurable progress in school readiness for children from low-income families.
In the fall of 2014, 58.82% of low-income kindergarten students were ready for school based on the AIMSweb instrument and, in the fall of 2016, 62% of incoming low-income kindergartners scored ready. Dyersville, a community of 4,000 with one public elementary school joined the GLR Campaign in fall 2014 and has a robust community partnership committed to improving grade-level reading. Thirty-two stakeholders are part of the steering committee and include educators, volunteers and civic, philanthropic and business leaders. Dyersville hosts family engagement activities such as family literacy nights throughout the year and focuses on locating the activities in neighborhoods convenient to lower-income families.
A unique partnership with Head Start has led to training opportunities for parents on strategies to read aloud at home as well as providing information about resources and tools that are available to them. Another key partnership with local media provides an opportunity for regular messaging and mobilization throughout the year.